European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Elements of an Armor Garniture, including Exchange Burgonet (helmet) and ShieldMade in Augsburg, Germany, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, German
Etched and partially blackened and gilded steel; brass; leather; textiles replaced
1977-167-13Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
LabelAn armor garniture is a complete suit of armor with a set of exchange elements designed to adapt the basic unit to different uses, such as tournament or battle. The consummate etched decoration of this garniture, with a variety of animals enclosed in a strapwork design, is characteristic of a series of fine suits of armor made in Augsburg. It is believed to have belonged to the Spanish nobleman Don Sancho de Avila (1523–1583), one of the many foreigners who commissioned armor in Augsburg. The breeches and heraldic tunic are modern substitutions for the lost breastplate and backplate.
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